The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has said that only six political parties would participate in the Saturday’s House of Assembly by-election in Patigi Constituency of Kwara State.
The Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC), Attahiru Madami while addressing journalists in Ilorin said: ”Six parties will take part in the election.”
He explained that Patigi Constituency seat became vacant following the death of the former occupant, Saidu Rufai, last December.
According to him, Patigi Constituency had 10 wards and 105 voting units, adding that INEC and security agencies would do all within their power to ensure a hitch-free election.
His words: “Fifty-two thousand, two hundred and thirty-three (52, 233) people registered in the constituency. INEC received 51,471 permanent voter cards
(PVCs), 43,685 PVCs were collected and 7,781 PVCs were not collected.
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“Eight parties conducted primaries and six forwarded the list of their successful candidates to us. Only one female candidate is contesting in the election on the platform of APM. Preparations for the election are in top gear.”